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Feb 06, 2009 5:44 PM GMT
So I know that you are supposed to clean and rinse your mouth out before playing after eating. The acids and what-not in the food break down the reeds over time and pieces of food can get stuck in the reeds.
My question is about 2 of my favorite things, coffee and beer. I find that I am usually drinking one of these when I want to play. Are these harmful to the reeds? I drink strong coffee and beer so I am sure that it has to do some damage but I want to make sure. Thanks in advance!

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Feb 06, 2009 10:42 PM GMT
Oldwailer Replied:

If playing with coffee or beer breaks the reeds down, screw it! I'm gonna drink my coffee and beer--and I'm gonna play my damn harps too!

Feb 06, 2009 11:04 PM GMT
Brown Ale Guy Replied:

Needless to say, I'm not giving up either either.

Feb 07, 2009 11:16 AM GMT
Judge Replied:

I have my harps and I have beer harps...
A few set aside for when I'm drinkin' 'n' wailin'.
I tend to play these more because I'm a lush,lol.

Feb 07, 2009 8:38 PM GMT
Shawn R Replied:

Just buy new harps more often!

Feb 07, 2009 8:40 PM GMT
Hammik Replied:

I kinda figured this would be the response. Well since I'm broke right now they are all going to have to be beer harps.
Brown Ale Guy, have you tried Otter Creek's Copper Ale or Mud Bock? The Bock is seasonal and currently my favorite.

Feb 08, 2009 5:53 PM GMT
Elk River Replied:

Beer = harm
Coffee is not so big a problem. The damage is done by two things: salt and sugar. I think salt is even worse than sugar. I wouldn't worry about coffee too much, as long as your coffee is coffee flavored and not that sweet french business.
With coffee, you can just rinse your mouth out with water and be fine. You ought to be fine period with black coffee.

Feb 10, 2009 9:45 AM GMT
Zooza Z Replied:

Do and A/B test spill some coffee on something and do the same for the beer too next to it and wright whats what, then ther next day see which one is stickier? I always found coffee to be more stickier it depends on how much sugar is in the mix/ratio beer too can be sticky the next day but usually less then the coffee again this depends on mix/ratio and what type in the end they are both bad for harp... just do a good clean of the mouth first should be fine

Feb 10, 2009 9:49 AM GMT
Zooza Z Replied:

Oh and by spill i meant and i must say dont waste either just about 5mls should do it

Feb 10, 2009 3:18 PM GMT
Elk River Replied:

Yes, he's right. I always assume coffee has no sugar in it, because I prefer my coffee to be coffee flavored. If you put sugar in it, there is a problem.

Feb 10, 2009 4:18 PM GMT
Hammik Replied:

I drink my coffee straight up, I dont like dessert for breakfast.

Feb 10, 2009 11:24 PM GMT
Brown Ale Guy Replied:

Whre is the Oterr Creek brewery? Might have to track some of that Copper Ale or Mud Bock down. I never put sugar in coffee or beer.

Feb 11, 2009 3:59 PM GMT
Hammik Replied:

It's from middlebury, Vermont. My mom got me a 12 case last night for my birthday and the beer was 5 days old. You will have to struggle to find the mud bock, I have a hard time finding it here. The copper ale is year round though. They also make a organic beer called Wolaver's. Their oatmeal stout is real tasty.

Feb 18, 2009 11:58 AM GMT
Judge Replied:

Hey Mr Brown Ale, I hope that's Newcastle Brown Ale.

Here in Geordie land we have a whole hospital wing dedicated to it's followers, nice...

I've already booked a bed. We call it 'Dog' around these parts.


Feb 19, 2009 12:34 AM GMT
Brown Ale Guy Replied:

Book me a room too Cheeky. I was drinkin' a Moose Drool I believe when I made up the name, got a Bell's Best right now. Newcastle sounds good a bout now too.

Feb 28, 2009 7:22 PM GMT
Colby S Replied:

How about Fresca? That's right, I'm bad to the bone.

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